The Scuola dei Bambini students’ model of Vernon shows all the important places in the city — the peanut pool, their houses, the baseball diamonds, Teeter Totter Toys and the volcano.
“There’s the hospital. It’s very good to have a hospital in town if someone gets sick,” said Kaylee Buckmaster, who worked on the model.
The four-and five-year-olds in the Reggio Emilia program decided to build the model after talking about maps and walking around town to look at the buildings and murals.
“The idea came from the children and they have been working on it for over a month, including a lot of buildings and landmarks,” said teacher Kali Smith.
“It was their idea to invite the mayor to come and see what they had made.”
Mayor Rob Sawatzky was interested in hearing the point of view of some of the community’s youngest citizens.
“It’s important for everyone to nurture and support our children and to help make the community child friendly,” he said.
The Reggio Emilia program started in Italy in the 1960s as an educational method for the community to prepare its children for success in life.
The projects come from the children’s interests and they learn through all the senses with art, documentation and discussion playing an important role.
The volcano the children found? Fortunately, it has been extinct for a long time and its rocky remains can be seen at the west end of downtown.